Daredevil and The Defenders alumna Élodie Yung has been tapped as the lead of Fox’s drama pilot The Cleaning Lady in a recasting.
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In the pilot, written by Miranda Kwok and to be directed by Michael Offer, she replaces Shannyn Sossamon, who had been originally cast in the title role, Reyna Salonga. She exited after the pilot's table read just a couple of days before all pilot production was grounded over the coronavirus pandemic.
Yung’s casting is an indication that Fox intends to film The Cleaning Lady, which I hear is currently the plan for all of the network’s four drama and two comedy pilots, one of which has been partially shot.
With Yung on board, the ethnicity of the Reyna character, originally a Philipina, has been changed to match Yung’s background she is the daughter of Cambodian father and French mother, while keeping the darkly aspirational character drama’s focus on Philippine culture.
Reyna is a whip-smart Cambodian doctor who was working in a top medical center in Manila, Philippines, where she met her Pilipino husband Marco Salonga. After their son was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder, Reyna comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save their ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, Reyna refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob, while keeping secrets from her undocumented Filipina sister-in-law Fiona Salonga Ginger Gonzaga and dodging the FBI. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld as she starts playing the game by her own rules.
In addition to Ginzaga, Yung joins previously cast Adan Canto and Vincent Piazza.
Kwok executive produces with Shay Mitchell, Melissa Carter and Offer. The pilot is slated to film in New Mexico.
Yung, probably best known for her role as Elektra Natchios on Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil and The Defenders, was recently cast in the upcoming feature thriller Hunters In the Dark, based on Lawren Osborne's novel of the same name.
The French actress, who has a law degree, made her Hollywood debut in David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and has starred in Gods Of Egypt, GI Joe 2: Retaliation and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
She is repped by Industry Entertainment, ICM Partners, and Gang Tyre.
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox TV is developing an adaptation of Michael Arceneaux's memoir I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce with Jerrod Carmichael, Lee Daniels and Marc Velez.
Deadline understands that the project is set to hit the cable and streaming market as a half-hour series.
The book, which was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2018, is a collection of 17 autobiographical essays from Arceneaux. The deal comes as Arceneaux’s second book, I Don't Want to Die Poor, an essay collection which chronicles his struggles with private student loans and economic anxiety, is published today April 7 by Simon & Schuster.
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Arceneaux will adapt and executive produce alongside Carmichael, and Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment. UTA brokered the deal on Arceneaux's behalf.
The book looks at life in today's America with Arceneaux learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite, leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned. He discusses coming out to his mother, growing up in Houston, Texas, being approached for the priesthood, his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants, and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.
Arceneaux is represented by UTA, Jermaine Johnson at 3Arts, attorney Loan Dang, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett. Carmichael is represented by UTA and attorney PJ Shapiro at Ziffren Brittenham. Daniels is represented by WME, Alex Kovacs at Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Matthew Levy at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.